As of 2007 164 million. What's the value of hitmen? Optimistically 14 million?
Your point is valid but the flames ownership is not going to give a whole lot of thought to how their actions effect the WHL.
Are the flames owners ignorant? Undoubtedly, they are a part of the NHL afterall. I don't think anyone should really put much onus on the hitmen, that's like going to a gas station and punching the owner in the face because of the pollution in the oilsands.
Besides which we all know who the real villains are here. The chill ownership group (especially porter) and the WHL for not giving a damn about the fans in chill.
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